Spark Spotlight: Lisa (1EVIL_ANGEL)

By , SparkPeople Blogger
At SparkPeople, we love helping people accomplish big goals—but we believe it's equally important to celebrate the small successes along the way. Each week in the Spark Spotlight, we'll check in with a featured member about his or her proudest moments, biggest challenges and advice for others on living, thinking and feeling healthier. We hope these quick snapshots will help motivate you to keep moving steadily toward your own goals, week by week.
This Week's Spotlight: Lisa (1EVIL_ANGEL)
Age: 30
Location: Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Small Success of the Week
Lisa recently posted in the Community Goal Feed about how great she was feeling now that she has quit smoking for one full month. Even better, she's still going strong with breaking that old habit!

What's your overall goal? 
My overall goal is to be healthier for myself and for my children. I have asthma, so smoking was very much a huge part of my problems. Quitting smoking has already made a difference in my overall health and my ability to play more with my children without taking breaks or needing my inhaler. I am also down 25 pounds of my 50 pounds goal, so I am excited to be heading in the right direction. 

How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 
SparkPeople has so much to offer, but my favorite things are the recipes, which take away the stress and the guesswork. The little rewards you get when you hit a goal don't seem like much, but they're a nice boost. I [also] like that I can sync my activity tracker to SparkPeople, but the biggest one is the support from the team and the other members who are going through the same things. Reaching goals and staying focused is so much easier with a good support system

What's your biggest challenge right now? 
My biggest challenge at the moment is that I am still having some cravings for the cigarettes, even after a month. I distract myself by creating activities for my children or coloring (adult coloring books are great). I just try to keep my hands and my mind busy. I also struggle with my water intake. The SparkPeople water tracker helps to remind me to drink my water throughout the day.

What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople today?
My advice would be to start small, set attainable goals and take your time. Once you have hit that goal, add another, then another. Use all of the tools SparkPeople has to offer and engage with the community—they will support you! 

Want to be the next small success we spotlight? Share your successes on the goal feed or in the comments below, and you might be the next person we contact! 

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SUNSET09 3/14/2019
This is an accomplishment, SparkFriend. Woo, hoo and way to go! It starts with taking that one step or doing it that one day! Report
BIKE4HEALTH 3/6/2019
You gotta feel good girl Report
JGOLD552 3/6/2019
Awesome!! Report
BIKE4HEALTH 3/6/2019
thx Report
DWROBERGE 3/6/2019
fantastic Report
CD24212816 3/5/2019
Great job! Report
KARRONH 3/5/2019
Good for you! The most important change you can make in your life. Report
DWROBERGE 3/5/2019
Great Report
SHOAPIE 3/4/2019
You can do it. Report
MARKSMOM3 3/4/2019
Congrats! Way to go! Report
BIKE4HEALTH 3/4/2019
WTG Report
WAY TO GO Report
HRTBRKR2013 3/2/2019
Very inspiring Report
GABY1948 3/2/2019
great Report
Excellent Report
DWROBERGE 3/1/2019
WTG Report
WTG! Report
BANNERMAN 2/27/2019
thank for shareing Report
ERIN_POSCH 2/27/2019
WTG!!! Report
Way to go! What an important achievement. Report
HRTBRKR2013 2/26/2019
Thank you for sharing. I'm struggling with this issue too and you have inspired me. Report
SPRING145 2/26/2019
That is inspirational. Report
_CYNDY55_ 2/26/2019
Great! Report
JUNETTA2002 2/26/2019
Way to go. Great decision Report
CD22944211 2/26/2019
Great Decision - stick with it! Report
Awesome! Report
DMEYER4 2/26/2019
way to go Report
DMEYER4 2/26/2019
way to go Report
1EVIL_ANGEL 2/26/2019
It's great to see so many others have quit too! Congratulations to you all! :) Report
SR82158 2/26/2019
I quit smoking on February 4, 2002 - it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I had quit two or three other times prior to that - once for about three years, even! I'm proud of you and congratulate you on your success so far - keep up the good work, and best wishes to you for the future. :0) Report
Congratulations on quittig. My son is trying to quit right now using the patch and isn't having much success. He bought a thing, vape or something. I hope he quits, it is smelly and annoying not to mention his health. How did you quit? I quit 38 years ago by being hypnotized, haven't wanted a cigarette since. Report
NDCAROL 2/26/2019

Terrific! Looks like you have a plan to combat those cravings for cigs, and what a great weight loss, too~ Report
AALLEY2 2/26/2019
Great job! It's not easy. Way to go! Report
Congratulations, I'm very proud of you.... Report
CECTARR 2/26/2019
Good for you Report
TZIP91 2/26/2019
Love ur story Lisa!!! Your distraction techniques are great!! Keep on being an inspiration to us all!! Report
CECELW 2/26/2019
That is wonderful! I quit several years ago. Report
GETULLY 2/26/2019
Congratulations! Dearly Beloved stopped smoking almost 25 years ago. You can do it. Report
PINKGLOW9 2/26/2019
Congrats Im Proud of you sister its been over 25 years for me Report
MISSA526 2/26/2019
I struggle with smoking so your story gives me hope ! Congratulations on winning the war on cigarettes one day at a time!!🤗👏👍💖👑 Report
WooHoo on quitting smoking!! WTG on the weight loss also!! Report
PICKIE98 2/26/2019
Adding years to your life! Report
AQUAGIRL08 2/26/2019
Congratulations! Report
I can still remember how hard it was to stop smoking! It took me 3 to 6 months before i didn't feel the cravings! Never give up, it is so worth it! Congratulations on working your way to a healthy and fit lifestyle! One day at a time! Report
FSOLO1 2/26/2019
AZMOMXTWO 2/26/2019
thank you Report
TOCONNER 2/26/2019
Congratulations! One month will turn into 20 years like it has for me. Report
SALLIE5HAW 2/26/2019
When I was working I was a stop smoking advisor and as an ex smoker myself I know just how hard it is to quit. Well done for giving up this addiction and good luck with your Sparking! x Report
FERRETLOVER1 2/26/2019
Congratulations! Report
AKA_TROUBLE 2/26/2019
Congrats! You can do it - quit for good. Report